Roommate, it’s been almost 13 years since the “King of Comedy” Bernie Mac died, and it still seems unreal. The Chicago native, whose career spanned decades, died in 2008 at the age of 50 of complications from pneumonia. The NAACP winner was a fixture in the black comedy industry, and while he’s not with us, John Legend is preparing to tell Bernie’s life story!
According to Hollywood Reporter reports, John’s business partner Mike Jackson announced during a panel discussion at the 2021 Tribeca Festival that John’s production company, Get Lifted, will be producing a biopic about Bernie!
Now you know that there have been a lot of biopic movies and unfortunately not all got it right. We saw the world react to Aaliyah’s Lifetime Biopic Executive, produced by Wendy Williams. Many were upset about Alexandria Shipp’s portrayal of the late singer and felt that the film shouldn’t have happened because Aaliyah’s family wasn’t involved. We don’t have to worry about that with this film, however.
Mike surprised John with the additional news during the panel: “We just teamed up with the Bernie Mac estate to tell Bernie Mac’s story,” he said. “Something that John doesn’t know about yet” and that he was “very excited” about the deal that “just happened today”. John replied, “Check out the latest news over here.”
Details of the feature film’s release are thin, but this project seems personal to John. Mike called the project a moment when it comes full circle. The two men worked together in Bernie’s latest film, Soul Men, in which Samuel L. Jackson also starred.
Roommate, who could watch Bernie play on the big screen ?!
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